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Abuse reported in Ireland:

DUBLIN A report of the Catholic Churchs cover-up of child abuse in Dublin details "horrific acts of depravity" for decades, Irelands justice minister said Tuesday. Another investigation two months ago found scores of church-run schools, orphanages and reformatories harbored child abusers in religious orders from the 30s to 90s.

Honduras expels diplomats:

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Honduras interim government Tuesday ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave as the international community threatened new sanctions on the nation if negotiations fail to resolve the crisis. Venezuelas President Hugo Chavez has been a critic of what he calls the "gorilla" government.

Iran police clamp down:

TEHRAN, Iran Security forces and pro-government militiamen clamped down in Tehran on Tuesday as the countrys police chief warned he would take a tough line if the opposition tries to take to the street. Plainclothes militiamen hit passers-by with batons on a crowded street to ensure they wouldnt gather.

U.S. seeks to mend Asian ties:

BANGKOK On her second trip to Asia as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is carrying a no-nonsense message about U.S. intentions. President Barack Obama thinks its time to show Asian nations the U.S. is not distracted by Iraq and Afghanistan and intends to broaden partnerships.

China closes Web sites:

BEIJING Two more Web sites dedicated to social networking went offline in China on Tuesday amid tightening controls that have blocked Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites that offered many Chinese a rare taste of free expression. Chinas crackdown on social networking sites began in March.

Jackson memorial cost probe:

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says a probe of taxpayer costs tied to Michael Jacksons memorial has "criminal aspects." Trutanich said Tuesday investigators have interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, and the probe "raises both civil and criminal aspects."

NASA boss looks to Mars:

WASHINGTON NASAs new boss says he will be "incredibly disappointed" if people arent on Mars or beyond it in his lifetime. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr.,62, said his goal isnt just Mars its anywhere far from Earth. He didnt rule out using the moon as a stepping stone to Mars and beyond.

Report slams TVA procedures:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Consultants hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority after a disastrous coal ash spill found widespread problems with how the nations largest public utility runs and maintains its coal ash storage operations. The report aired Tuesday said that "necessary systems, controls and culture were not in place."

Gates touts education goals:

PHILADELPHIA The U.S. must improve its educational standing by rewarding effective teaching and by developing better, universal measures of performance for students and teachers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual legislative summit.

Senate removes F-22 money:

WASHINGTON The Senate voted 58-40 on Tuesday to halt production of the Air Forces missile-eluding F-22 Raptor fighter jets in a high-stakes showdown over President Barack Obamas efforts to shift defense spending to a new generation of smaller F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. …